London City Hall, London - United Kingdom
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member thebigchip
N 51° 30.288 W 000° 04.723
30U E 702733 N 5710009
City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London. It stands on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. Designed by Norman Foster, it opened in July 2002.
Waymark Code: WM2Z81
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 01/14/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 181

The building has an unusual bulbous shape, intended to reduce its surface area and thus improve energy efficiency. It has been compared variously to Darth Vader's helmet, a misshapen egg, a human scrotum, a woodlouse or a motorcycle helmet. Mayor Ken Livingstone referred to it as a "glass testicle". Its designers reportedly saw the building as a giant sphere hanging over the Thames, but opted for a more conventionally rooted building instead. It has no front or back on conventional terms but derives its shape from a modified sphere. The builing is 45 metres tall and 45 metres in diameter (if a shpere can have a diameter)and has an internal 500metre helical walkway. The cladding is made up of 7300 square metres of triple glazed glass. Fo more info (visit link)
Building Address:
The Queen's walk
London, United Kingdom

Is it open to the general public?: yes

When was it built? (Approximate if you must.): 07/01/2002

What is the name of this building?: London City Hall

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